Apprentices to ‘muck in’ at animal shelter

Press Release: 08/12/2014


Winchester City Council’s new apprentices will get their hands dirty at St Francis Animal Welfare Centre, based in Fair Oak, on Wednesday 17 December.

The group of five young people will spend the day away from the office to tackle a variety of jobs including cleaning and feeding animals, general maintenance and gardening work. They are aiming to raise money and awareness for St Francis Animal Welfare, their chosen charity, with a target of £500.

The apprentices will take the time outside of their working hours to go down to the centre on Sunday 14 December, to assist in the running of the Christmas Fayre & Festive Dog show, which is open to all members of the public.

St Francis Animal Welfare re-homes and cares for numerous animals, ranging from dogs to reptiles. The shelter was chosen by the apprentices as one member of the group has a close connection to them, having adopted his two cats from them.

Elliot Prior, an apprentice for the Economy and Arts team at Winchester City Council, said:

We are proud to be supporting St Francis Animal Welfare, and we hope that our contributions will make a big difference. My own cats, Romeo and Rosie, were adopted from this shelter, so I am very aware of the fantastic work they do to try and re-home as many animals as possible. As a result of their hard work, Romeo and Rosie are very settled in my home, and I am so pleased to have adopted them.

Helen Kerris-Shaw, manager of St Francis Animal Welfare, said:

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of the public and individuals like this young group of apprentices. As well as hoping to re-home as many animals as we can, we also care for permanent animal residents. We are grateful to anybody who gives up their time to assist with fundraising events and at the shelter.”

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